BRITAIN has launched a digital archive telling the inspiring stories of war heroes, among them six Indians, as part of the UK government’s centenary events to mark the First World War.
As many as 175 men from 11 overseas countries were awarded Britain’s highest award for valour, the Victoria Cross (VC), during the war. These included six soldiers from undivided India who fought in the war as part of the British Indian Army and were honoured in a commemorative plaque presented to India back in 2014.
“Behind every name engraved on the memorial plaques there is a truly remarkable story. It is fitting that we pay tribute to the Victoria Cross recipients from over- seas by bringing their stories together in this digital archive,” said Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) minister Hugo Swire.
“By doing so we are sending a message that these men, and the important role played by their home countries in the First World War, will never be forgotten by the people of the United Kingdom,” he said.
The new Digital Archive was launched by FCO on Monday (20) to chronicle individual biographies of Risaldar Badlu Singh from Punjab, Sepoy Chatta Singh from Uttar Pradesh, Naik Darwan Singh Negi and Rifleman Gabar Sing Negi from modernday Uttarakhand, Lance-Daffadar
Gobind Singh from Rajasthan, and Lance Naik Lala from Himachal Pradesh.
They were all awarded for their ‘conspicuous bravery’ on the battlefield.
August 2014 marked 100 years since Britain entered WWI. Prime minister David Cameron had launched the commemoration programme back in October 2012.